Silver medallion of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 13, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Up for auction is a great looking silver medallion of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc. The medallion and chain were tested by David L. of “Estate Buyers” to be sterling silver; therefore there is a small area on the back with some small scratches (~1/8” square, top right edge) where it was tested and a slight tarnishing on the last 2-3 links of the chain where it was tested. The medallion has the Avanti silver hallmark on the back.


Medallion Diameter: 2 3/8” (6 cm)

Medallion Thickness: approx. 2mm at edge

Medallion Weight: Approx. 2.5 oz

Chain Length: 26”

Chain Weight: Approx. 1.25 oz.

Total Weight: 3.75 oz

Estimated silver weight: 3.75 oz x .925 = ~3.47 oz silver

Silver Value: 3.47 oz silver @ ~$28*/ oz = ~$97 But who would want to melt down such a great peice of art!

* Silver values change on a daily basis, price as of 2-2-11


Cuauhtémoc (also known as Cuauhtemotzin, Guatimozin or Guatemoc; c. 1502 – 28 February 1525) was the Aztec ruler (tlatoani) of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521. The name Cuāuhtemōc (Nahuatl pronunciation: [k ʷ aːʍˈ temo ː k]) means "One That Has Descended Like an Eagle", commonly rendered in English as "Stoping Eagle" as in the moment when an eagle folds its wings and plummets down to strike its prey, so this is a name that implies aggressiveness and determination.

Cuauhtémoc took power in 1520 as successor of Cuitláhuac and was a nephew of the former emperor Moctezuma II, and his young wife was one of Moctezuma's daughters. He ascended to the throne when he was 18 years of age, as his city was being besieged by the Spanish and devastated by an epidemic of smallpox brought to the New World by Spanish Invaders. Probably after the killings in the main temple, there were few Aztec captains available to take the position.

In 1948 the Government of Mexico promoted the reintroduction of the "eagle mark" to identify the manufacturers of silver items. The "eagle" was stamped with a number associated to a silver manufacturing company. This system was abandoned in the 1980s.

HALLMARKS USED: a) Avanti; b)Sterling; c) Eagle assay 7 ; d) Mexico
These identical hallmarks are pictured in Billie Hougart’s “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks” on page 24. This is a highly regarded reference book for those interested in vintage or fine Mexican jewelry. Most silver artists of any importance or talent from the past 80 years are documented in this book. This piece has a) Avanti, c) Eagle assay and b) Mexico.


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